Inimicus didactylus Pallas, 1769, Indian Ocean.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Demon stinger, popeyed sea goblin, spiny devilfish; Japanese: Hime-oniokoze.
Grows to 7.9 in (20 cm) maximum length. The bearded ghoul is best recognized by the shape of its head and its elongate pectoral fins, which it uses for crawling along the bottom. This species can be distinguished by the pattern on the medial surface of its pectoral fin, which has a broad, dark, transverse bar that may be streaked.
Distributed from southern Japan and Indonesia to Australia, the Solomon Islands, and New Caledonia.
A benthic species found on open sandy or silty bottoms, particularly in estuaries, lagoons, and seaward reefs.
A particularly venomous species that is capable of killing a human. Like most stonefishes, this species is a lie-and-wait predator that relies on its cryptic coloration and body form to surprise prey.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Feeds primarily on crustaceans, but small fishes also are preyed upon.
Little is known about the
of this species.
Not listed by the IUCN.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Because of its small size, this species is not fished commercially; however, despite the fact that these fishes are highly venomous, they are collected occasionally for the aquarium trade, where they are sold as “popeyed sea goblins.”
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